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The Burgeoning Family Tree of the Naked Ape

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The Burgeoning Family Tree of the Naked Ape

THE NAKED APE: Exploring the science and cultural evolution of human psychology, behavior, cognition, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness. (Uh, did I miss anything?)

Location: #science
Members: 57
Latest Activity: 19 hours ago

Welcome to THE NAKED APE

Those who’ve know me for some time know that I have a moderately strong interest in human consciousness and psychology. Although mind and body cannot exist without one another – and indeed they shape one another – it does seem that the very core of the human experience of ‘self’ exists in the brain alone.

We all know that much of the functioning and maintenance of our body is controlled covertly by the brain or by biological systems that work beneath our threshold of awareness. We do not consciously decide to sweat, or digest our food, or replace our cells.

And yet, in spite of the fact that we know this, we still cling to the illusion that the functioning of our thoughts, our decisions, our perceptions, our preferences, our memories, and our reasoning are under our direct, conscious control.

But neuroscience and psychology are now showing us that this simply is not the case—that the processes of mind and awareness function just as covertly as our biological systems.

That fascinates me!

How is it that the mind – that place of concealment – is also the one place in which awareness itself is known to exist?

The truth is that we don’t know ourselves as well as we’d like to believe. We don’t control our decisions, our perceptions, our motivations, or our memories as well as we think we do.

THE NAKED APE was created to explore these important topics. I welcome any post on human psychology, behavior, cognition, perception, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness.

 

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Comment by Mrs.B on April 15, 2018 at 2:08pm

Ok, so who was in my house with a damn camera?

Comment by Doone on April 15, 2018 at 6:36am

Homo floresiensis Reconstruction by Elisabeth Daynès was based on hominin fossils discovered at Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003

Comment by Mrs.B on April 14, 2018 at 9:54pm

Stealing that!

Comment by Doone on April 14, 2018 at 9:13pm
Comment by Mrs.B on April 13, 2018 at 3:39pm

Excellent graphic!

Comment by Stephen on April 13, 2018 at 3:38pm

That expression of the Homo erectus reconstruction is so human

Comment by Doone on April 13, 2018 at 3:37pm
Comment by Doone on April 13, 2018 at 3:34pm

Australopithecus trumpiconus skull - STS-71 (partial cranium) & STS-36 (mandible) 2.5 million years old

Comment by Doone on April 13, 2018 at 3:34pm

These ancestral reconstructions are fascinating

Homo erectus reconstruction based on the 1.3 to 1.0 million years old Sangiran 17 cranium from Java, Indonesia

Comment by Mrs.B on April 13, 2018 at 3:25pm

Always new stuff.

 
 
 

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